May 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith (84) catches a pass during organized team activities at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

What NFL players do the Jets 2015 rookies remind us of?

As camp opens today, here’s a quick look at the Jets drafted rookies and some potential player comparisons for them…

Round 1, Pick 6 (6) Leonard Williams DE 6’5″ 302 USC
Draft Day quote: “Williams was the best player in the draft regardless of position. If you’re the Jets, you had to take him.” — Mike Mayock

Player comparison: As a player who was considered worthy of the top overall pick, Williams has been compared to a number of current and former excellent defensive linemen from Kevin Williams to Richard Seymour and even Reggie White … but the one that I like best is Tampa Bay’s Gerald McCoy. McCoy came into the league in the shadow of Ndamukong Suh but has played extremely well in the hybrid tackle / end role that seems to be taking the league by storm in the last five years. While Williams is known for his ability to two-gap or collapse lines and stop the run, he has all the athleticism in the world to be a plus pass rusher in the Jets aggressive scheme.

Round 2, Pick 5 (37) Devin Smith WR 6’0″ 196 Ohio St.
Draft Day quote: “This guy tracks the football deep as well as any wide receiver in this draft.” — Mike Mayock
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Muhammad Wilkerson

Daily Links: Tick tock

– The clock is ticking on a Wilkerson extension [ESPN New York]

– Guess which Jet landed on the “All-Bad Contracts Team” [Grantland]

– Revis: AFC East is the toughest division in the NFL [NJAM]

– Optimism abounds as Jets prepare to open camp [Newsday]

– Jets make Adam Schein’s potential playoff sleeper list [NFL.com]

– Revis leaves ring at home, aims to add a green one [NY Post]

– Coples searching for the right fit [Jets Insider]


BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: It’s no real surprise that Muhammad Wilkerson has decided to show up to camp given the financial penalties involved. It also makes sense that he would be prepared to “honor his contract” if no deal was in place before the season began.

A report by Jason La Canfora earlier this week proposed a three-year deal for $36m which had all the hallmarks of something that might have been suggested by Wilkerson’s agents in an effort to conduct the negotiations in public. While that sounds like a reasonable deal for Wilkerson, who is reportedly seeking $14m per year, if such a deal began in 2015, then he’d actually be getting $29m ($14.5m per year) in new money for a two-year extension but still hitting the open market at 30. That sounds like a win-win for the agents. I would expect the team to prefer to sign him to a deal that kept him under team control for longer than that, while retaining the flexibility to trade him in a year or two without worsening their short term cap situation.

In the absence of a long term deal, it still seems pretty likely that the team might prefer to retain the option to franchise Wilkerson next season, thereby giving them flexibility and time to assess how soon Leonard Williams will develop into an impact player and also how confident they can be that Sheldon Richardson won’t be suspended again in the near future. At that point, they can keep Wilkerson on the tag for a year (or even two), extend him or trade him rather than having to let him walk. In the meantime, Wilkerson is going to get back to work, which is the best thing for all involved.


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GEICO SportsNite: Jets discuss expectations

Jets players Geno Smith, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker and Nick Mangold discuss their expectations going into the first day of training camp.


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Milliner cleared for practice

Jets CB Dee Milliner, who dealt with injuries for most of 2014, has been cleared for practice (July 29).

The Jets will hold their first practice of training camp on Thursday.

Milliner, 23, played just three games last season due to an ankle injury he suffered in training camp and an Achilles tendon tear he suffered in October.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

In football, ability without durability means nothing.  Milliner has fought to stay healthy dating back at least to when he was coming into the league.  An Achilles tendor tear is serious business, but he’s had a long time to recover so hopefully he can return to form and stay active for all 16 games this season.

Antonio Cromartie “grilled” Dee with some questions this spring, but it seemed like the veteran was taking a playful jab at the younger player and poking fun at the press potentially overplaying his health as he entered training camp.  Either way, Milliner is a man who looks to be entering this season as the team’s fourth corner, but who could jump to second if he proves himself for Todd Bowles this year and Cromartie’s play isn’t good enough to warrant the money necessary to keep him for the 2016 season.  But all that hinges on the ninth overall pick from the 2013 NFL Draft actually staying on the field.


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Colon, Ridley, Vickerson placed on active PUP list

The Jets placed G Willie Colon (knee), RB Stevan Ridley (knee) and DL Kevin Vickerson (hamstring) on the Active/PUP list, the team announced.

Noticeably absent from the list is Dee Milliner, who is working back from an Achilles tendon injury.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Ridley’s status on the PUP is no surprise as he is coming off an ACL tear in his 2014 season with the Patriots.  For now the job seems to be Chris Ivory’s, but we will have to see how training camp plays out and how soon Ridley can hit the field.  My thought is that it is not unforeseeable for Ridley to start the season on the PUP.

As far as Colon, starting training camp on the PUP isn’t a great way to begin, but we foresee him having to fight for a roster spot on this team if he can’t prove that he is the team’s best outright starter at guard.  We shall see how quickly Colon can move from the PUP to the active roster, but the longer he stays there the tougher his chances might get.


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Seven things Geno Smith said before training camp

Geno Smith spoke to reporters after arriving to the Jets facility for the start of training camp. Here’s what he had to say…

  • Geno believes he’s a different player than when he came to the Jets.
  • “I expect to do well. I expect the team to do well,” he said.
  • The Jets need to bond “as a team.”
  • He believes it’s his job to make sure all 11 guys on the field are on the same page.
  • “We expect to do great things,” Geno said.
  • “I definitely have a lot to prove,” he said. He will think about that going into every practice.
  • Smith found the No. 32 quarterback from ESPN ranking as “hilarious.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

One can only hope he’s a different player.  With a coordinator who has publicly stated that he will tailor his offense to his quarterback, the hope here is that Chan Gailey can foster an environment for Geno to succeed.  We think that the Jets will feature a power running game this season combined with an Urban Meyer style passing game … that sort of simple offense helped the Buckeyes win a national championship with a very athletic quarterback who was only a reserve player at the start of the season.  Could an NFL whitewashed version work in New York?

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Listen: What Nick Mangold said on Wednesday…

Roundup: Tweets from Jets arrival at camp

New York Jets players reported for the first day of Training Camp on Wednesday, before their first practice together on Thursday. Here’s what they had to say…

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